University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
September 25, 2024
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Position Information

Posting Number SRGV6805

Working Title DIRECTOR OF GEAR UP Number of Vacancies 1 Location Edinburg, Texas Department College Access & K-12 Partners FTE 1 FLSA Exempt Scope of Job

Responsible for the administration and management of all aspects of the GEAR UP program to include budget, personnel, implementation, and evaluation to ensure grant objectives are met as required by the U.S. Department of Education.

Description of Duties

• GEAR UP is a 7-year federal grant funded from 9/26/2017 to 9/25/2024.

• This is the 7th year of the grant and will support the GEAR UP cohort in the first year in college.

• Plans, directs and executes a project management plan to satisfactorily meet all objectives and sub-objectives of the grant requirements. • Develops short and long-range plans, budget requirements and documentation for assigned area. • Responsible for managing the programs budget and ensures all project related expenditures are compliant with the Federal Office of Management and Budget Circulars, university fiscal policies, and grant objectives. • Responsible for Grant writing to supplement and expand current program services. Complies with dollar for dollar match or in-kind contributions to the projects as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Provides leadership and management of the GEAR UP program within Brownsville ISD, Edinburg CISD, and La Joya ISD serving over 3,900 students. • Manages grant internal and external evaluation protocols such as evaluation framework, data collection, statistical analyses, survey services, and data base management. • Collaborates closely with grant partners to coordinate project services for students, parents, and teachers as outlined in the grant. • Executes contracts with grant partners following university established procurement processes. • Plans and executes professional development opportunities for project based staff and teachers to support grant objectives and build staff capacity. • Seeks and establishes GEAR UP partnerships with business, community and school entities to meet grant objectives. • Hires, supervises, trains and evaluates staff in all GEAR UP positions. • Develops and implements training procedures, standards, department guidelines, handbooks, forms, etc. to effectively manage all aspects of the grant. • Collaborates with university administration, faculty, and staff to provide college readiness services to grant students on the university campus(s). • Submits Annual Performance Report to the US Department of Education and creates a variety of reports for project stakeholders on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. • Attends local, state, and national conferences to showcase grant initiatives and to expand knowledge to support the implementation of the grant. • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received

General supervision from assigned supervisor.

Supervision Given

Direct supervision of assigned staff.

Required Education

Master's degree in Education or related field from an accredited university.

Preferred Education




Required Experience

Five (5) years of demonstrated experience in managing federal programs, and demonstrated leadership success in K-12 programs. Demonstrated experience working with the target population of grant.

Preferred Experience



Use of standard office equipment. Personal vehicle for travel to remote sites on a frequent basis to establish the grant and to provide follow up support to campus staff, students, teachers, and parents.

Working Conditions

Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. Office Environment; some travel and weekend work is required. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.


Exceptional planning and organizational skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills including writing reports and making effective presentations at meetings and/or conferences. Demonstrated ability to design, organize and coordinate complex projects and to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrators and others in secondary or higher education. Ability to meet deadlines and reporting requirements. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and cultivate relationships with a diverse group of constituents. Established experience in oversight of a multi-million dollar budget. Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new project.

Physical Capabilities


Employment Category Full-Time Minimum Salary Commensurate with Experience Posted Salary Commensurate with Experience Position Available Date 08/01/2023 Grant Funded Position Yes If Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date 09/25/2024

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EEO Statement

It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dear Applicant, Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following: Date of Birth Gender Ethnicity/Race Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (956) 665-2451 and/or [email protected].

Additional Information

UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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